Please join The Anderson for an artist talk via Zoom with WonJung Choi, VCUarts Art Foundation (AFO) adjunct faculty member and recipient of the 2021 Excellence in Adjunct Research Exhibition.
In her exhibition “WHERE ARE YOU FROM?”, on view at The Anderson January 26–February 13, Choi uses computer modeling and digital fabrication techniques to develop a radical alternative history: Positioning the prehistoric Lowenmensch (Lion Man) and Venus of Hohle Fels (Venus of Willendorf) figures as primordial ‘first parents’, Choi charts the strange morphology of a tangled, speculative family tree. Protected from evolutionary pressures, Choi’s fantastic race is free to iterate its intergenerational transformation as something like a formal exercise. And the results do not disappoint.
Riffing on the current fascination with biological ancestry—driven by readily available and widely marketed genetic testing—Choi’s fictional ‘begats’ is a suggestive counterpart to humankind’s own development. The resulting installation is as striking in its scale and physicality as it is compelling and provocative in its vision.
Visit The Anderson’s website to learn more about Choi’s fascinating project.